Writer's Workshop Resources and Ideas The majority of time of Writing Workshop is devoted to independent writing. During this time, students are prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing their pieces. Depending on the age and abilities of your students, independent writing can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as 45-60 minutes. It helps to build stamina with your class, beginning with a short amount of time and building that time until they can work for up 30 minutes or more. According to Katie Wood Ray (The Writing Workshop, 2001), students can also do other activities during their writing time, such as writing in their schema notebooks journal writing writing exercises to experiment with language and style conducting peer-conferences reading to support writing During independent writing time, the teacher confers with students about their writing. Teachers should keep conferences short. Websites on Conferring:
Too Many High-Sounding Words Phonemic Awareness Activities Phonological Awareness Activities Packet (Aligned to Common Core) It has taken a while but we have finally completed our Phonological Awareness Activities Packet. This packet has been a huge undertaking but we wanted to accomplish a few things with it: Align the phonemic awareness activities on this page below with the Common Core Standards.Create new phonemic awareness activities for the standards we did not have existing activities for.Put all the activities in one download! What we ended up with is a 58 page Phonological Awareness Activities Download.The file was so large that we could not upload it to our Download Central Page so we placed it in Katie's TpT Store. Here are some sample pics for you. This is our favorite part about the new download! Head on over to Katie's TpT Store to purchase this packet for just $3 or keep scrolling down for all of our FREE phonemic awareness activities. Phonological Awareness Checklist Syllable: Phonemic Awareness Activities Tapping Syllables Segmenting
Tools for Workshop Teaching / Forms, Forms, Forms Queen of Forms Teacher forms, student forms, and record keeping forms . . . I'm the queen of trying new formats to keep track of life in a writing workshop. Teacher Forms teacher eval..doc How's your writing workshop going? Student Forms question grid.doc Use this grid as a basis for students to give advice to each other via peer revision conferences. year end student reflection.doc Help your students reflect on themselves as writers with this simple year end reflection. Record Keeping Forms Conferring Records -- I keep a stack of empty forms on my conferring clipboard. individ conf.doc conf record_boxes.doc This conference form makes it easy to see your entire class at one time. conf record_columns.doc This is the form I used for my conference notes when I was in the classroom. status 2.doc Here's a record form that I printed on a transparency. PS -- Have you ever said a word so many times that you start to question if it is really the word you want?
Your Smarticles Writing Mini-Lessons This year’s writing instruction will focus on the pursuit of good writing, with explicit instruction to help students begin to master some of the complex and nuanced qualities of exceptional writing. The goal is for students to improve their writing and simultaneously develop myriad approaches to writing that empower students to effectively evaluate and improve their own writing and thinking. To this end, students will participate in writing workshops of at least forty-five minutes three to five times a week. The writing workshop begins with a mini-lesson of five to thirty minutes and continues with independent writing, during which time I circulate among writers and meet with individuals or small groups. The writing workshop mini-lessons provide a writing course of study. During the daily mini-lesson, students will take notes in their writing binders so that throughout the course of the year, they may refer back to what they’ve learned to inform their writing in an ongoing manner.
The Reading Zone Curriculum and Instruction - Student Center Activities, Grades 4-5 - Student Center Activities, Grades 4-5 Frequently Asked Questions about the K-5 Student Center Activities. Introduction During the Spring 2004 Florida Reading First school site visits, staff from the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) determined that teachers may benefit from classroom materials that would be immediately useful in implementing independent Student Center Activities. In 2004-2005, a team of teachers at FCRR reviewed current research, collected ideas, and created materials for use in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. In 2005-2006, a team of teachers at FCRR reviewed current research, collected ideas, and created materials for use in second and third grade classrooms. In 2006-2007, FCRR reviewed current research, collected ideas, and created materials for use in fourth and fifth grade classrooms. The 4-5 Student Center Activities include three books and one DVD: 1. The first two books contain Activity Plans and Activity Masters ready for immediate use in classrooms.
Balanced Literacy » Writing Workshop “Writers are like other people, except for at least one important difference. Other people have daily thoughts and feelings, notice this sky or that smell, but they don’t do much about it. All those thoughts, feelings, sensations, and opinions pass through them like the air they breathe. Not writers. Writers react.” Writing workshop is an approach to teaching writing that has been around for many years. Important Points to Ponder: Writing Workshop is not a program or a curriculum. PortablePD.ca The PYP Library Writing | Mrs. Meacham's Classroom Snapshots Work boards help to keep students and teacher organized! During Independent Reading, Writing, and Word Work Times: For students, they are a visual reminder of what options area available and where they should be during the independent work time. For teachers, they are an at-a-glance helper when trying to figure out who is where and when. I’ve used a pocket chart for my Independent Reading and Writing times work board in the past. When we used the pocket chart, each student had 5 pockets in one of the rows on the pocket chart. For the SMARTboard work board, students come into the classroom and flip through the Wake Up Work SMART Board file. A lot of times I’ll pick most of their sessions for them. Download My SMARTboard Daily 5 Sessions Work Board Download Other (Project) Work Board Materials Project Work Boards: Whenever we are in the midst of a large project, I like to create Status of the Class sheets (another type of work board).